Many NBA stars have shown their support for other leagues and sports as well. Being professional athletes, these players gel well with other sports personalities and are often spotted in the stadiums cheering for their favorite teams. Many NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash also took inspiration from soccer players and learned new skills. Also, certain NBA stars grew up in a different country where soccer thrives.
Ten NBA Stars and the Soccer teams they support
Often if the city's NBA team is having a big game, that city's other sports athletes will wear the NBA team's jerseys to show their support. On many occasions, NBA players fly out internationally to big games of other sports and we all know that sports fandom knows no boundaries. On that note, Let's take a look at the 10 NBA stars and their favorite soccer teams.
#1 Steve Nash - Tottenham Hotspur FC
Steve Nash has been a Tottenham Hotspur fan all his life,
"My dad grew up in Tottenham and so did my dad's dad...My whole family is Tottenham fans."
He has attended practice sessions with the team in England and has attended various games as well. As Nash noted, his father and grandfather grew up in Tottenham and he was inevitably a fan of the home team, Tottenham Hotspur.
#2 Pau Gasol - FC Barcelona
Pau Gasol was born in Barcelona, Spain and it should come as no surprise that he supports FC Barcelona. He played for the Spanish National Basketball Team in the Olympics and talks about his Spanish heritage with pride.
Pau Gasol and his brother, Marc Gasol played for the FC Barcelona basketball club as young players before declaring for the NBA draft.
#3 Luka Doncic - Real Madrid CF
Luka Doncic's love for Real Madrid should come as no surprise. The Slovenian-born All-Star played for the Real Madrid basketball club as a youth player and took the team to a championship. He won EuroLeague MVP in 2018 as a member of Real Madrid and he heavily supports the soccer team as well.
Luka Doncic even played soccer as a kid but eventually decided to dedicate his time to basketball.
#4 Giannis Antetokounmpo - Arsenal FC
"I'm really interested in soccer, I used to support Arsenal back in the day...Deep Down I'm still an Arsenal fan"
Antetokounmpo loves playing FIFA and talks about his love for soccer all the time.
#5 Stephen Curry - Paris Saint-Germain FC
Stephen Curry often draws comparisons to PSG forward Neymar Jr. and has exchanged jerseys with him multiple times. The 2-time MVP was present at Le Parc des Princes, PSG's home stadium and Neymar Jr. have been spotted at the Oracle Arena as well.
Stephen Curry took the first kick at the PSG soccer game when he visited Paris and has been quite vocal about his support of the team.
#6 LeBron James - Liverpool FC
NBA superstar LeBron James not only supports Liverpool but actually owns a minority stake in the team as well. He has worn the team's jersey on multiple occasions in various events and continues to be associated with Liverpool.
LeBron James' Twitter feed is filled with support for Liverpool and he has been present at Anfield multiple times during the team's big moments.
#7 Kobe Bryant - AC Milan
Kobe Bryant was one of AC Milan's biggest fans. He had grown up in Italy and had been a fan of soccer all his life. He had been present in AC Milan team practices, games, and even press conferences and talked about his love for the team.
AC Milan team members wore black armbands during their soccer game in honor of Bryant's death.
#8 Carmelo Anthony - Puerto Rico FC
Carmelo Anthony is not just a Puerto Rico FC fan but he owned the team. Anthony bought the team in 2015 and even though the franchise officially dissolved in 2017, he maintains his support for Puerto Rico Soccer.
Carmelo Anthony's father was born in Puerto Rico and at the time he was known as the savior of soccer in Puerto Rico.
#9 Kevin Garnett - Chelsea FC
Kevin Garnett continues to be an avid supporter of the London soccer club.
#10 Draymond Green - Paris Saint-Germain FC
Draymond Green has recently started showing interest in soccer and evidently supports PSG like his teammate Stephen Curry. His friendship with PSG forward Neymar could be a huge reason as we have seen him support FC Barcelona before when Neymar used to play for the team.
Green was spotted wearing a PSG jersey while signing basketballs and has established a relationship with the team and its players.